RAPPED TO BE HEARD

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HE’S a rap su­per­star and, as if to am­plify his sta­tus as a gifted word­smith, a Pulitzer Prize win­ner.

But, last night, LA rap­per Ken­drick La­mar (above) chose lit­er­a­ture of the street when he told a ca­pac­ity filled Rod Laver Arena: “This will be the livest mother-----ex­pe­ri­ence of your life.”

The crowd — arms flail­ing wildly, spit­ting La­mar’s lyrics word for word — cer­tainly agreed with him.

The 80-minute set leaned heav­ily on La­mar’s uni­ver­sally ac­claimed and po­lit­i­cally charged DAMN al­bum (2017), but also ear­lier ca­reer high­lights like Swimming Pools (Drank), King Kunta and his Travis Scott col­lab­o­ra­tion, Goose­bumps.

In an era of in­de­ci­pher­able mum­ble rap, La­mar, backed by a live band, flexed his skills as an MC and show­man.

Ken­drick La­mar per­forms a sec­ond show at Rod Laver Arena tonight.

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